Now, let's face it. Christmas has been drifting further and further from a religious holiday for centuries now... The killer was the inclusion of Santa Clause in the 17th century. Boy, nothing takes a kid's focus off of God faster than the promise of gifts. "Hey Tommy, who do you hope comes down this chimney tonight, Jesus or Santa Clause?"
But there's no going back, so we have to deal with the present, right? Luckily Jerry Falwell's here to tell you about the war on Christmas. Yep. He says you're "either with us or against us". Now, where have I heard those words before...
So, you don't want to be "against" the good pastor! You gotta join his fight! Here's how:
- Throw away Christmas cards that don't say "Merry CHRISTmas" (including the one fromPresident Bush.)
- Boycott Wal-Mart for changing their signs to a more inclusive message: "Happy Holidays".
- Correct people when they write "Xmas" rather than "Christmas" and remind them that the son of your god died because God was mad at us for eating an apple
Really, people! Once again it all boils down to "us vs them". Christian and non-Christian. We're asking the Christians to give up being singled out as the only religious group in the country, and accept the acknowledgement of other religions by not screaming like a little babies when someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". 80% of the country may be Christian, but that leaves 20%, or 1/5th that are not. Unless you feel it's a personal insult that we're not a 100% Christian nation, I say get over it!
According to Wikipedia, "Christian Values" are said to be:
- worship of God: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."
- fidelity in marriage: "Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder."
- renunciation of worldly goods: "Gather not your riches up upon this earth, for there your heart will be also."
- renunciation of violence: "If a man strike you on one cheek, turn the other cheek."
- forgiveness of sins: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
- unconditional love: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
What would Jesus do?